Would you like to design your own printable paper airplane? Check out this fun activity from The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum!

This article includes a material list, tool list, written instructions and schematics for building a smoke tunnel. The activity was developed by Dwayne Hunt and Carol Galica of the NASA Glenn Research Center.

Rick Shertle, a contributing writer for MAKE magazine, explains the steps required to build a folding-wing glider. This is an activity that could be fun for students in a classroom setting, or even at home!

Building a replica of the Wright 1902 glider is a fun classroom activity that can help students learn more about aviation and the history of the Wright brothers.

An all 3D printed Quadcopter, the MESArcFF program looks to create some new quad designs using the Autodesk 123D design software and their new Makerbots.
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This project is part of a NASA grant for which the AMA has partnered with the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Jeff helped the National Model Aviation Museum build a scale model of Helios, which is a solar powered flying wing designed for NASA by AeroVironment, Inc. As Jeff worked to complete the project, he posted updates on a forum called “72nd Scale Aircraft”. The information in this article is copied directly as it was written by Jeff and appears on the forum.

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The first model aviation club was formed in 1908.. by a woman! Ms. Todd, from her childhood, was always interested in how things worked. She would disassemble toys, typewriters, and was once even scolded for using her mother’s scissors to cut wire. This interest in tinkering led her to design and patent a type writer copy holder in 1896. By the turn of the century her interest turned to aviation, and she began to experiment with rubber-powered models and airships. In 1906 she displayed one of her aircraft at the Aero Club of America show, held in Grand Central Palace, New York.